Colin Campbell

Ex Army, retired cop and former Scenes Of Crime Officer. Colin Campbell served in the British Army before spending 30 years in the West Yorkshire Police, where he worked in uniform patrol, forensic crime scene investigation and plain clothes crime manager. He is an avid reader and is the author of British crime novels, Blue Knight White Cross, and Northern Ex, and US thrillers Jamaica Plain, Montecito Heights, Adobe Flats and Snake Pass. His Jim Grant thrillers bring a rogue Yorkshire cop to America where culture clash and violence ensue.


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"Crackerjack entertainment: taut, gritty and full of devilish twists."

Kirkus Reviews


AWARDS, PRESS & INTERESTS

Hometown Leeds

Favorite author Elmore Leonard

Favorite book The Choirboys

Day job Retired Police

Favorite line from a book "You've got balls like a buffalo and a wang like an ox." Except I don't think it was, ox.

Favorite word Yes.

Unexpected skill or talent Tennis coach

Passion in life Living.


BOOKS REVIEWED BY KIRKUS:

MYSTERY & CRIME
Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-1-4834-8806-6
Page count: 284pp

This sixth installment of a series features the ongoing adventures of a British cop.

For the past three years, Yorkshire-born expatriate Cole Thornton has run a bookshop in the sleepy surfer town of Shelter Cove, California. If the store is notable for anything, it’s for being one of the few businesses not yet bought by local land developer Arlo Rankoff. One day, a car crashes through the window of the shop, destroying Cole’s inventory and nearly killing motel owner and auxiliary police deputy Holly West, who came in to flirt with the Englishman. When Cole gets up and looks into the cab of the vehicle, all that’s left of the driver is his foot on the gas pedal. Soon Ben Gardner, Shelter Cove’s chief of police, arrives. He turns out to be angrier at Cole than at the surf bum he assumes to have driven the car. Gardner feels protective of Holly, the survivor of an abusive marriage, and he senses there’s something fishy going on with Cole. Gardner looks into the missing driver, who soon turns up dead. But Cole has bigger troubles to deal with: He hears that his violent, estranged younger brother, British cop Jim Grant, has been looking for him to settle some old business. First Cole’s ex–sister-in-law drops by to warn him, and then the dangerous man himself appears—out to bring his older brother to justice. Campbell (Beacon Hill, 2017, etc.) writes in a gracefully muscular prose enlivened by drolly cinematic dialogue: “ ‘I keep forgetting this is a litigious society. Poodle power.’ ‘You mean the woman dried her dog in the microwave?’ Cole raised his eyebrows. ‘What was General Electric thinking? Not putting that in the instructions.’ ‘I think it was a Samsung.’ ” The author excels at hiding the ball while still keeping readers invested in the story. It takes a while for Grant to show up, let alone for the main thrust of the plot to be revealed, but such inventive narrative strategies help Campbell keep his series fresh as it moves into its latest volume.

A tightly written and thoroughly engaging crime tale.

MYSTERY & CRIME
Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-0-7387-4346-2
Page count: 264pp

A righteous Yorkshire cop can't seem to stay out of trouble.

In order to rescue brutally assaulted teen Sharon Davis, veteran lawman Jim Grant breaks into the house where her assailant, Lee Adkins, is hiding and beats him for good measure. When Jamie Hope, the young constable who assisted him, reports Grant's excesses, the gritty Yorkshire cop gets suspended. It's a cold and snowy night, to boot. Needing a sympathetic ear and hoping for more, Grant heads to the Woodside Truck Stop and Diner and waitress Wendy Rivers, with whom he's had a long-running flirtation. Sure enough, warm, sassy Wendy puts him back in a good mood. But as he's about to drive away, Grant notices the lights go out in the diner, even though the place never closes. In the shadows, he discerns that a robbery is in progress and sneaks back in, thinking, first, that he can save Wendy and, second, that this might be exciting. The ensuing action unfolds in short, punchy chapters whose titles give minute-by-minute times. Grant watches the Ukrainian head thug pummel Wendy in an unsuccessful attempt to learn the location of the safe. When the tough goes looking for the chef, high-maintenance Mickey Frevert, Grant calls headquarters for backup, then rescues Wendy, at least temporarily. Next, the last person Grant could possibly want as an ally shows up: Jamie Hope. The arrival of more Ukrainians leaves the good guys feeling seriously overmatched.

Campbell's fourth Resurrection Man novel (Adobe Flats, 2014, etc.) is crackerjack entertainment: taut, gritty and full of devilish twists. 

MYSTERY & CRIME
Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-0-7387-3633-4
Page count: 360pp

A laconic loner squares off against a Wild West magnate who rules his dominion with an iron hand.

Grant, a poker-faced tough guy with a Marlboro Man vibe, takes a train to the arid town of Absolution, where the streets are eerily empty, and everyone he meets advises him bluntly to leave. He gets lodging at the Gage Hotel only by intimidating the desk clerk, then has to stand up to a would-be enforcer in his room. Grant's looking for Eduardo Cruz, a man the locals apparently know no better than the reader. He finds an ally, and some chemistry too, in feisty Sarah Hellstrom, who runs Gilda's Grill and Diner. She clues Grant in on Tripp Macready, who owns virtually everything in Absolution and repels visitors. Macready's the man to see if Grant wants unrestricted movement. Little by little, flashbacks begin to explain Grant's task. He had been part of a small team for the Allied Expeditionary Force, which included medic Pilar Cruz, who was more than a friend to him. Once Grant finds Eduardo Cruz, a doctor like his daughter, it's his sad task to inform him of her death. Although Grant has not intentionally crossed Macready, Cruz warns that a showdown between the two is now inevitable. And when Grant learns that Macready has been slapping Sarah around, he's unstoppable.

The prolific Campbell's third Resurrection Man novel (Montecito Heights, 2014, etc.) harkens back to the gritty but thinly plotted men's action series of the 1970s and ’80s, with less gore and a stylish noir voice.

MYSTERY & CRIME
Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-0-7387-3632-7
Page count: 384pp

In Campbell’s (Jamaica Plain, 2013, etc.) second book in his Resurrection Man series, a gritty detective steps through the looking glass of Los Angeles' porn industry and nearly loses his way.

Fresh from a controversial stint in Boston that earned him the nickname Resurrection Man, Yorkshire cop Jim Grant hits Los Angeles, where Sen. Dick Richards hires him to rescue his headstrong daughter, Angelina, from her nascent career as a porn star. (Her most recent film: Hunt for Pink October.) Grant is drawn to Richards' British wife, Maura, though her aloofness puzzles him. He agrees to the job and promises discretion, a vow that is immediately tested when attractive producer Robin Citrin pitches Grant a reality show, with him as the star. The smitten Grant accepts the gig as "the next Steven Seagal!" and falls into bed with Robin, all the while making small advances toward finding Angelina. Richards is none too happy with Grant's high TV profile but doesn't pull the plug on his investigation. Posing as an aspiring porn actor, Grant visits Zed Productions for an audition. His probe brings him into the orbit of drug kingpin Rodrigo Dominguez, who may or may not have kidnapped Angelina. Grant seems more bemused by the incongruity of a drug cartel moonlighting as kidnappers than intimidated by Dominguez's threats. And the deeper Grant digs, the more irregularities he finds in the Richards home.

Prolific Campbell layers an abundance of interesting movie trivia into the tale, and while the plot is shaggy, wry maverick Grant never fails to entertain.

MYSTERY & CRIME
Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-0-7387-3583-2
Page count: 384pp

Perps and the public beware: A maverick cop is on the job, and on the loose, in Boston.

Yorkshire copper Jim Grant has a mantra running through his head on a loop—"Keep out of trouble"—when he crosses the pond to interrogate Boston prisoner Freddy Sullivan about a burglary on Grant's home turf. Instead, in short order, Grant hooks up with a pretty fellow traveler for a quickie at an airport hotel and brawls with some street thugs because he just can't help it. He arrives for the interview with a bit of an edge; he and Sullivan have a history and trade insults before getting down to it. Things take a strange turn when Sullivan tearfully pleads with Grant to have him extradited back to England, and an even stranger turn when someone rolls a grenade into the interrogation room. The subsequent explosion shortens the questioning but lengthens Grant's stay in Beantown. His Boston contact, Detective Sam Kincaid, helps Grant in his search for truth and revenge. Grant and Kincaid aren't surprised when they trace the incident to the IRA, but they're unable to prevent Sullivan's death. On the plus side, Grant gets real traction with the help of John Cornejo, a like-minded Marine. The two-fisted trio blazes through a high-end cathouse, a respectable-looking shell company called Delaney Enterprises and countless toughs only too eager to fight them.

Grim and gritty and packed with action and crackling dialogue, the latest from Campbell (Blue Knight, White Cross, 2009, etc.) opens a new series called A Resurrection Man.

MYSTERY & CRIME
Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-0-7278-6871-8
Page count: 192pp

An ex–vice cop is compelled to investigate when a string of disappearances, culminating in murder, strikes too close to home.

After 18 years with the West Yorkshire Police, Vince McNulty has been abruptly fired for misconduct. A firestorm of bad press hasn’t helped. McNulty now spends most days watching old movies and getting erotic massages, at first on the outskirts of his former stomping grounds. But so aimless is his life and so deep his addiction that he starts patronizing the same parlors he used to bust as a vice cop in Leeds and its vicinity: the Northern X chain. Unbeknownst to McNulty, girls from several of these clubs have recently vanished. The mystery takes a darker turn when the corpse of one masseuse is discovered next to an oil drum. CCTV footage depicts the Vauxhall Astra of McNulty, whose past difficulties are well-known to the Ecclesfield Station’s weary Inspector Tynan, the man working the case. Unfortunately for him, McNulty has been disorderly in more than one parlor of late. He hooks up with petty criminal Donkey “Donk” Flowers to learn the word on the street. They walk back to McNulty’s flat, where they find another body, and Donk lights a match before McNulty can tell him that he smells gas. And that’s only half the story.

A retired cop himself, Campbell crafts a familiar plot in his sixth novel (Blue Knight, White Cross, 2009, etc.). But every detail feels authentic, and his dark, muscular prose suggests the best pulp writers of the ’50s.

MYSTERY & CRIME
Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-0-7278-6816-9
Page count: 192pp

Two experienced police officers find themselves in trouble as they investigate a car theft in a dangerous Yorkshire housing estate.

Steve Decker and Dave Black are tough coppers whose friendship goes back many years. They supported each other through Dave’s divorce and Steve’s problems with a sick child and a wife who handles the stress by drinking. Now Steve is in the hospital clinging to life after being bashed with a paving stone at the White Cross estate. Slowly, Steve relives the day in his mind: the routine briefing before starting his shift, the equally routine incidents like investigating an egg-throwing episode, the hunt for a stolen car involved in several dangerous and damaging incidents. The chief suspect is Shaun Pennington, a much-arrested teen responsible for most of the crime in the area Black and Decker patrol on foot. With Dave’s support Steve struggles to remember, flatlines, recovers and keeps repeating the events leading up to the moment the paving stone comes crashing down on his head, until in a electrifying conclusion he finally recalls what happened to him and Dave.

Campbell’s 30 years as a Yorkshire policeman infuse this unusual debut procedural with grim reality and the harsh humor that helps keep the coppers sane.

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:

BALLAD OF THE ONE LEGGED MAN
Police Procedural, Mystery, Crime

The long hot summer of '76. A steep learning curve for young Mick Habergham, trying to carve out a career in the police force and survive his two years probation. Formative years at the sharp end. From petrol bombs to gypsy fights it is a year burned into his memory. The year he learned to swear, learned the true meaning of camaraderie and the bitter taste of betrayal.

ISBN: 1-905621-14-0
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CATAWBA POINT (Unpublished)
Mystery, Crime

Resurrection Man Series Book 7. Charlotte, North Carolina. When Grant’s flight home to give evidence about Snake Pass is cancelled he is diverted via Charlotte NC. But he misses that flight too and has a 3-day layover at a seedy motel on the outskirts of town. All he wants is a good night’s sleep. But with a skinny hooker and her pimp causing trouble along the hall that isn’t going to happen. Throwing the pimp over the balcony is just the start of Grant’s problems.


DARKEST BLUE (Unpublished)
Mystery, Crime, Police Procedural

UK Crime novel. Two families, one business. Crime. My magnum opus. A cop family and a criminal’s family go head to head over two decades. Set during the final night of their confrontation and in flashback throughout the years, the climax isn’t anything you’d be expecting.


DARKWATER TOWERS
Horror

It is Christmas Eve in Darkwater Towers, a near derelict block of flats turned into a retirement home for the down-on-their-luck folk with no money and no relatives who give a damn. But something dark and sinister has moved into Darkwater Towers and Theobald Wolff, one of the residents, is the only man who can save them.

ISBN: 1-903138-02-7
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FINAL CUT (Unpublished)
Mystery, Crime

Vince McNulty works for Titanic Productions in Boston, teaching an actor to walk like a cop and investigating stolen film stock while secretly searching for his missing sister, who was sold into adoption in America from the UK. The investigation uncovers darker things including torture porn and snuff movies. 1st in series.


FORCED PERSPECTIVE (Unpublished)
Mystery, Crime

Book 3 in McNulty Series. Brings the Grant and McNulty series together. Grant uses McNulty and Titanic Productions to set up a sting in Palm Springs by faking auditions for extras but only sending invitations to wanted criminals. The plan works, with a little trouble. It was a dry run for the main person they want to arrest. A crime lord movie buff in Loveland, Colorado.


GARGOYLES - RETURN OF THE KROL (Unpublished)
Children, YA

Banished to Scarborough the gargoyle must return to Kendal to fulfill his destiny and unite the warring factions.


GARGOYLES - SKYLIGHTS AND ROOFSCAPES
Children, YA

Billy Rinkfield is a 12 year-old orphan who dreams of escape. Gordon is a rebellious gargoyle who smokes too much and is afraid of heights. On the rooftops of Kendal the two form an unlikely friendship and go in search of The Legend Of Roman Krol. But as storm clouds gather there are people more dangerous than a local legend, and things more deadly than a fear of heights.

ISBN: 1-905621-13-2


GARGOYLES - STONEHEART AND BLOODLINE (Unpublished)
Children, YA

Continuing adventures of the gargoyle who is afraid of heights and the orphan he befriended. Revelations and sacrifice in Kendal.


NIGHT DELIVERY (Unpublished)
Mystery, Crime

Traumatized firefighter Joe Sargent now works delivering coffee shop supplies in Boston on the overnight shift. A hitman hijacks him and his truck to kill five state’s witnesses. As if that isn’t bad enough the truck is hijacked again, so now Joe has the hitman, the police, and a pair of disabled army veterans to deal with.


OCCLUDED FRONT (Unpublished)
Children, YA

A boy who blames himself for his mother’s death in a car crash, and his father who blames himself for not repairing the car. The boy meets a strange boy during a blizzard and realizes that when he thinks about things they happen. But the new boy is not what he seems.


SILENT APPROACH (Unpublished)
Mystery, Crime, Police Procedural

Prequel to, Blue Knight, White Cross. Officers Black and Decker encounter a gang of petty thieves with devastating consequences, leading to their redeployment to White Cross.


SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT (Unpublished)
Children, YA

A Christmas flight to Lapland for a bunch of orphans. The plane crashes in a blizzard and one troubled teenager battles through the snow to make an amazing discovery and rescue his friends.


SWING GANG (Unpublished)
Mystery, Crime

Book 4 in McNulty Series. McNulty finds a homeless girl hiding at a film location during a night shoot near Hollywood Boulevard. This brings back memories of his life in the children’s home. Then somebody breaks into the compound looking for the girl.


THE BOY WHO BURGLED HARTLEY'S (Unpublished)
Children, YA

A teenage boy breaks into a department store every night because it’s better than sleeping at home with his alcoholic mother. Local burglars have ideas of their own and the store security guard wants to catch the impudent youngster. All will clash on a night of darkness and violence and one ray of shining hope.


THE EARLY GRAVE OF SOPHIE LAVILLE (Unpublished)
Children, YA

After an Englishman tries to befriend an 8yr old black girl in a bookstore in South Carolina the girl goes missing. The Englishman is angry that nobody cares. Until a white girl goes missing too. The Englishman’s daughter.


THE MITRED JOINT (Unpublished)
Horror, Mystery, Humour

Novella. A man who hates DIY is pushed too far until he finally explodes and turns his wife into an ornamental lampshade.


THREE INTO TWO WILL GO (Unpublished)
Children, YA

Three boys on two pushbikes on the run from the police in the summer holidays. Except the police aren’t looking for them. And the bad thing they’ve done isn’t the worst thing that can happen.


THROUGH THE RUINS OF MIDNIGHT
Police Procedural, Mystery, Crime

Mick Habergham enjoys the nightshift, patrolling the midnight hours when the world is asleep and police work simple. Sunday night should be quiet but it will prove to be anything but. From the mad knifeman of Hill Top Hostel to the suicide attempt at the House Of Pain, Mick must walk through fields of heartache and survive the ruins of midnight if he wants to reach a happy retirement.

ISBN: 1-904754-54-6
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TIDAL RAGE (Unpublished)
Mystery

Novella. A female supply boat captain is held hostage on a remote tidal research station and must fight back to escape rape and certain death.


TRACKING SHOT (Unpublished)
Mystery, Crime

Book 2 in McNulty Series. A gunman opens fire while Titanic Productions is filming in a courthouse set. Several killed. Did the gunman mistake the set for the real courthouse down the road? Or was it a message to the real judge? The producer realizes that secondary footage and the cameraman is missing and asks McNulty to investigate in case it makes the movie look bad.

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